Your Blog as a Commonplace Book
What does an ancient note-taking system have in common with an enduring form of digital communication? More than you might think.
An update on ditching #Obsidian for #Todoist as my #TaskManagement app. I realised now what effort it was to update tasks on each individual project page. On Todoist, I just have to click on a folder I label "This week" or "Today" to see what tasks I need to do for the week/day. If I need to shuffle it around, it's just a drag & drop action. Having it on my mobile was also really helpful.
Mortimer J. Adler’s Syntopicon: a topically arranged collaborative slipbox
Have started using the #Obsidian #Tasks plugin as I'm creating meeting minutes with action items that I've decided to turn into tasks. Created an amalgamated tasks overview page that works really well, shows me all tasks aggregated from all meeting minutes pages that have them. I know I've messed with this stuff before but.. I'm evolving..
I mean seriously. This stuff is FREE. Sure, not for business use, but it's cheap as piss even for that (personally costs me nothing as the biz foots the bill) but for a regular joe blow, good god, if you aren't using Obsidian, try it!
Es ist noch ein langer Weg, um verlorenen Boden im gutzumachen, aber ich mag die Entwicklung, die #Evernote in den Monaten seit der Übernahme durch Bending Spoons gemacht hat, ganz gern. Hier: AI-gestützte Suche findet die (richtige) Antwort auf die Frage in einem Handbuch, das als PDF gespeichert ist und zeigt sie direkt an. #PKM
Apple’s Reminders is a great application for keeping track of what’s done and what still needs to be done. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could create a reminder for items in DEVONthink To Go? We created a shortcut to make that an easier process. #pkm #devonthink #productivity #automation #shortcuts https://www.devontechnologies.com/blog/20230928-creating-reminders-devonthink-to-go?utm_content=buffer067bc&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
Tip of the day: As you work with a #DEVONthink database, filling it with all manner of files and groups, you may wonder, “How many #PDFs do I have in this database?”, “How large is this database getting?”, or “Where is this database located?”. You can find this information — and some per-database controls — in the database properties popover. #pkm #productivity #tipoftheday https://www.devontechnologies.com/blog/20211012-devonthink-database-properties
DEVONthink To Go 3.7.6 improves searching in CJK languages, handles background tasks such as Spotlight indexing better, and shows a success notification after verifying databases. It also brings a number of important bug fixes. #devonthinktogo #devonthink #update #pkm #cjk #pressrelease https://www.devontechnologies.com/blog/20230928-devonthinktogo-376-update?utm_content=buffer56464&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
#Often when comparing other popular #PKM services (#Notion, #Evernote, Roam Research and so on) with #Obsidian users note the absence of such an unpleasant thing as vendor lock. But is it really so? On the one hand, what vendor lock can we talk about if your entire database is just markdown files and they are already on your computer?? (1/3) 🧵
Tip of the day: If you are using Instapaper for gathering resources in an online archive, there isn’t a built-in #RSS feed available. If you’d like to have a feed adding these articles to your #DEVONthink database, here is a simple way to accomplish this. #pkm #productivity #tipoftheday #workflow https://www.devontechnologies.com/blog/20230718-instapaper-rss
Looking at my perspectives on personal knowledge mastery 10 years ago. I wrote that PKM is pretty well the antithesis of formal education and training. Knowledge only emerges through the work, it is not predetermined. With PKM, there is no curriculum. Work is learning and learning is the work.
Tip of the day: As people trial #DEVONthink, they occasionally ask, “Why don’t I just use the Finder?” or “Isn’t #DEVONthink just a Finder replacement?” While both are legitimate questions, the Finder is still central to your Mac. Here’s a brief comparison of some of their features. #macos #pkm #productivity #tipoftheday #workflow https://www.devontechnologies.com/blog/20220927-devonthink-finder
Today's update for DEVONthink for Mac, version 3.9.3, improves quoting, working with custom metadata, viewing computer code in Markdown, and preserving image quality when running PDFs through OCR. #devonthink #update #markdown #metadata #pkm #pressrelease https://www.devontechnologies.com/blog/20230926-devonthink-393-update?utm_content=buffer36c64&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
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The latest Plain Text, Paper—Less Productivity Digest is out. This week I’m talking at some length about a subtle but profound shift in thinking is changing the way I approach my #PKM. For me it’s become #FKM: File-system knowledge management.
Call me paranoid, call me a prepper, I don’t mind! This feels right for me. Links below.
#PTPL (1/2) 🧵
In a good PKM system there are two types of thinking you must apply:
- Shallow Thinking: how to capture and organize data for easy retrieval.
- Deep Thinking: understanding and elaborating concepts that will lead you to ACTION!
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While all individuals have a responsibility to learn, those who know more have a greater responsibility to share. This is part of the Personal Knowledge Mastery — Seek > Sense > Share framwork. If you are an expert, you're not helping your human network get any smarter if you are not sharing. Experts have to become knowledge catalysts. The PKM workshop (starts 2 October) helps connectors and experts become knowledge catalysts.
Tip of the day: When it comes to #PDF documents, what you see and what is actually there can be two different things. Just because you can read words in the document doesn’t mean it is searchable. Or perhaps you have a searchable #PDF but it’s still not found in a search in #DEVONthink. Here are a few ways to deal with such #PDFs. #macos #paperless #pkm #productivity #tipoftheday https://www.devontechnologies.com/blog/20230418-pdf-searchable
I understand that the point of #PKM is not to organize. Use the search function as the primary discovery tool to connect ideas. Logseq apparently is trying to do that.
But giving us very minimum function to organize is limiting my usage.
A One Paragraph Summary of Sönke Ahrens' How to Take Smart notes from 1775-76
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg's note taking description is very close to modern excerpting and #zettelkasten practices.
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Tip of the day: The interface of #DEVONthink is made up of multiple panes, each with a specific focus and set of functions. On the left are the sidebars, the default one, where you’ll spend most of your time, is the Navigate sidebar. Here’s what you’ll find there. #pkm #productivity #tipoftheday https://www.devontechnologies.com/blog/20220322-devonthink-navigate-sidebar
Simple, Non-Commercial, Open Source Notes
"I don't need a second brain or, dear God, a life operating system with databases, kanban charts …whatever endless features! I just need to store notes, recipes, travel plans, whatever."
#getofftheproductivitytreadmill #notetaking #pkm #gtd #notes #obsidian #onenote #evernote #typora #simplenote #zim #qownnotes #notion #zettlr #zettelkasten #logseq #markdown #joplin #roamresearch #orgmode #neovim #dendron
@atoponce @aweatherall I’m curious why you wouldn’t want lines to wrap in a #markdown editor or a #pkm app like #Obsidian. I understand that disabling line wrapping is standard for code editors, but Obsidian isn’t one.
EDIT: You can turn off line wrapping in code blocks with the Style Settings plugin if you use the #Minimal theme (which *also* uses the Minimal Theme Settings plugin).
I'm always trying to improve my #pkm and #plaintext #productivity system, so I did an experiment: instead of building a detailed schedule listing when to do each task, I tried working off a list of tasks to be done. It was a disaster: I got far less done, and felt stressed and umproductive.
I've learned that I work best when I know what I'm going to do at each moment of the day, rather than just working off a list of tasks. I'm now back to using focus blocks filled with tasks, and I'm happy.
Released #Zettelstore version 0.14. Student edition ;). See change log for details: https://zettelstore.de/home/doc/trunk/www/changes.wiki#0_14
Download: https://zettelstore.de/home/doc/trunk/www/download.wiki #zettelkasten #pkm #localfirst #offlinefirst #selfhosted
Do you read a lot but struggle to retain what you learn? Join Karl Fast and me to learn how to take more effective digital notes. Register before October 1 for 20% off: https://store.jarango.com/07832f03-6687-41b3-bebb-fea7c32137b8
Tip of the day: There is a flood of information and news available to us every day, making it hard to stay up to date. With so many sites to browse, it’s easy to miss some in the process. #RSS is a convenient way to get articles from websites delivered in an organized and clearly presented way. #DEVONthink supports #RSS and can be used as a reader. Here’s how that works. #pkm #productivity #tipoftheday #workflow https://www.devontechnologies.com/blog/20221005-rss-devonthink
A question I get asked every now and then: “How can I save images or files to my #Obsidian vault using Actions for Obsidian?”
Short answer: you can’t (yet) but you can with Toolbox Pro. Longer answer/how-to: https://forum.actions.work/t/save-picture-to-attachments-folder/123/2
It's on my roadmap!
Looking to get your information under control? My new workshop with Karl Fast shows you how using Obsidian. Use discount code PKGEARLY for 20% off the regular price: https://store.jarango.com/07832f03-6687-41b3-bebb-fea7c32137b8
At the end of a chapter, I'll re-read my notes, and synthesize a summary of the points that resonated most strongly ... and reactions (ideas, insights, etc.). Later, I'll lift key insights from the summaries and reactions and make them into individual notes or to-dos.
I use #Obsidian for almost everything - notetaking and even writing blog posts. However, I've decided to stop using it as a task management system. This week I've trailed a system using #Todoist and I noticed I feel more in control and less "vague" about what I need to accomplish in the week The weekly review seems less arduous too! Will update with a blog post soon.
And the best thing about having #ADHD and trying to keep a #PKM system is that once I shove that note into an #Obsidian folder I forget I even took it in the first place. And a no folder system is a sure recipe of my brain going NOPE and logging out of it from overwhelm.
Haven't found a good way to create a good way to take notes for me yet.
One weird #Hobonichi note: after thinking about planners all day yesterday, it struck me that my #Obsidian app *could* be thought of as a sort of planner, with left-hand sidebar "tabs" that go to "sections" where items are files for easy reference later on.
I don't know why, but this perceptual shift made me rethink what I want to see over on the left-hand sidebar. Now I'm working on a vault called Hobonichi incorporating this design idea.
From analog to digital: a snapshot of my process moving handwritten notes over to a digital (and more easily searchable) format
Several years back, I started storing notes in file folders punched for two-prong fasters. On the left side are a handful of sheets for noting overarching themes and connections. On the right side are detailed notes from specific sources.
As I move the notes into a digital space, I am condensing and summarizing, but direct quotes remain plentiful. After all, whether my notes are on paper or in a computer, they are always part of a commonplace approach.
And while much of the paper is being recycled, some will always remain.
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I really miss the feeling of mastery and being so “in touch” with all I needed to do … and the resulting productivity. That system really worked for me … and there was never an effective digital equivalent.
If anyone wants an insight into the upcoming @logseq database version / Properties - check this out.
Click around and you can see the properties.
Sign of good things to come
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Actions for Obsidian 1.3 is out! 🚀 New stuff:
- Better vault handling: AFO will now keep track of successful vault connections and allow you to choose from this list when configuring your actions
- Support for Periodic Notes: In addition to Daily Notes, you can now also use Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly and Yearly Notes
- Support for triggering #Obsidian commands: Run them right from your Shortcuts workflows
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Tip of the day: #DEVONthink is a good place to keep your literature, because you can add a lot of bibliographic data as metadata. One source for such data is Crossref, and with a script you can easily import metadata from there to #DEVONthink. Here is how that works. #academics #automation #pkm #productivity #research #tipoftheday #workflow https://www.devontechnologies.com/blog/20230711-metadata-crossref
Current status: Actions for Obsidian 1.3 is waiting for App Store Review 😅
I'll spend the rest of the day/week working on the long-form "What's New in 1.3" forum post, and the short-form newsletter. And the rest of the documentation of course.
I'm seriously considering taking a few weeks off soon, I can't remember the last time I didn’t work for more than 2 or 3 days. Need to pace myself.
Actions for Obsidian 1.3 is basically right around the corner, and brings support for executing Obsidian commands — that's right, run everything your vault’s command palette offers right from Shortcuts!
Just finished documenting it. https://support.actions.work/category/104-actions-commands
More details soon.